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[Eavestone Crag - The Fort Buttress -  Leif abseiling after climbing portcullis (S)., 3 kb]A mini-expedition, interesting and devious with considerable splash-down potential. From the beach, traverse out left to the base of cracks and climb these to the roofs then traverse left again (a rounded hand-traverse or wobbly crawl) to reach the base of a chimney. Head up this then finish up the exposed cracks just to the right. © ROCKFAX
Start from the mulchy ground beneath the right side of the buttress (as looking from across the water). Gain the lower ledge and make your way left, gaining height above the cave. Go up the corner (left side of the cave), then traverse awkwardly along the ledge to the chimney on the left. Follow the dirty chimney up and then the flake cracks on the right side to an interesting top out.

Photo: Eavestone Crag - The Fort Buttress - Leif abseiling after climbing portcullis (S). © beleif
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 124 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

Al_Matheson - 2nd β - 18/May/14

Ginger_Dave - 2nd - 19/Apr/14 with Alistair matheson

Al_Matheson - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Ginge

Alex the Alex - 2nd - 17/Apr/14

RobEdwards - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/14 with Josh Hughes

rifrafhughes - 2nd O/S - Apr/14 with RobEdwards

Hidden - Lead - Apr/14

Alzhiemers Flash - V. Dusty
Climbster - Lead rpt - 16/Mar/14 with Vick, Ian

Bloke on a Rope - 2nd β - 16/Mar/14 with Vic, Matt

Wonderful climb, easier in the dry!
williap - 2nd - 08/Mar/14 with adam radcliffe

still a bit green..
adam06 - Lead - 08/Mar/14 with Will Points

A bit dirty, needs cleaning up, same on other climbs around
Cyriaque - 2nd O/S - 2014

nick ferro - 07/Sep/13 with toolboxtim

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/13

Interesting!
phleppy - Solo - 04/Sep/13

Two wide cracks and some nice traverses in between.
Matthew Ferrier - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/13 with Jack Hodgson, Sam Marks

Jodgson - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13 with Matthew Ferrier, Sam Marks

Charlie Staincliffe - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Stuart Myatt

Hidden - 2nd - 16/May/13

Metalbear - 16/May/13 with Matthew Brown

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - 12/May/13 with Bruce Woodley

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/May/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Apr/13

Dave Musgrove - 2nd - 16/Apr/13 with Nigel Baker

pastep - Solo - 14/Oct/12

Hidden - Solo - 19/Sep/12

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Aug/12

In the dark, by torchlight. Made the descent quite interesting!
Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 22/Aug/12 with Will, Carmen

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Aug/12

Set off just as dusk fell and needed my head torch for the final chimney. An entertaining route with an even more entertaining abseil descent in the dark with bats swirling around our heads. I'll have to come back and do it again in the daylight to appreciate the setting!
Will Smith - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/12 with Simon and Carmen

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/12

Will Hunt - 2nd O/S - 27/May/12 with Dan Matthewman

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/May/12

a13x - AltLd O/S - 08/May/12 with Paul S

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/May/12

Dave Musgrove - Solo rpt - 26/Feb/12 with Paul Farrish

Hidden - Lead - 22/Jan/12

Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 11/Sep/11 with Alec, Huw

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Sep/11

APRS - Lead - 11/Sep/11 with Huw Goodall

Hidden - Lead - 10/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Sep/11

nick ferro - 29/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Jun/11

good adventure, climbed past one occupied nest before noticing it (black birds?) at the start of the route, several other old nest on the route. Felt top end of the grade for severe.
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 29/May/11 with Becky E

Becky E - 2nd - 29/May/11 with Graeme Hammond

Kevster - Lead - 30/Apr/11

sammycolon - 30/Apr/11

Kevster - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11

dpmUK - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/11 with James Rowe

Adventurous. Descent was rather interesting...
victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 17/Apr/11 with Simon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/11

adam coxsell - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/11 with Harry

Really good fun!
Harry Thorpe - 2nd O/S - 04/Apr/11 with Cocky

Hidden - Lead - 2011

Treat the stagnant water as hot coals and that soon gives you the motivation to get up the crack! Beware potential bird nests, old nest occupied part of the crack when we climbed it.
jonny5 - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/10 with James Dell

Got confused on the route, started going up another route but got back on the right one. Need to give it another go.
vix - Lead - 24/Jun/10 with Chuck

the_keef - 2nd O/S - 24/May/10 with Dave

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/May/10

Great fun.
PeteH - 2nd O/S - 28/Mar/10 with Noel Peatfield, Naomi Hart

NaomiHart - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/10 with Noel Peatfield, Peter Hart

stimpey - 2nd O/S - 18/Oct/09 with Pete, Davina

petegunn - 2nd - 18/Oct/09 with Davina & Steve

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/09

al99 - 2nd O/S - 04/Oct/09 with Martina Zandonella

martinazando - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/09 with Al Benson

coombsy - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/09 with John B

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Aug/09

jimstanton - Solo - 19/Jun/09

stukent - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/09 with Ciaran Treanor

Ardginny - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/09 with Stu Kent

nice climb. easy walk down across a chockstone.
duzinga - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/09 with Jie

fun adventure, variety of techniques employed inc. a backwards crawl along the traverse! 'tree bridge' is no more but ab down, could do with some tat leaving to save the tree.
lithos - Lead - 30/May/09

Another occupied nest in the initial crack, though Rob managed not to notice it :)
Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 30/May/09 with lithos

robman - Lead O/S - 13/May/09 with Craig

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/09

Awkward in boots
jkarran - 2nd - 01/Apr/09 with Jim

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Mar/09

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/08 with Anna

An epic adventure. The traverse is awkward and the move to get established in the chimney is not a Severe grade by any stretch of the imagination. A total sandbag at S.
jugglingeek - 2nd O/S - 18/Oct/08 with Paul Cookson

Whole place was green and dirty, just did the 1 route.
markfairbank - 2nd - 25/Aug/08 with Mick D

Pete Randall - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/08 with Charles

Wet & Overgrown
Rich Thornton - TR O/S - Aug/08 with Sam Davison-Webb, James Harland

howlingbaboon - Lead rpt - 24/Jul/08 with Page

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Jun/08

Too scared to climb past the nest of crazy little birds because you don't know when they are gonna go mental and attack you. Probably best to leave them alone! Climbed back round and did 'The Alamo' which was in great condition.
Jack00 - Lead dnf - 02/Jun/08 with Jono

Em66 - 2nd O/S - 22/May/08 with Mat

Jamie Brown - 2nd O/S - 18/May/08 with Paul Davies

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 13/May/08

Hidden - Lead - 12/May/08

Claire S-J - Lead - May/08

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Mar/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Mar/08

Simonj - 2nd O/S - 16/Mar/08 with Andy

joshen - Lead - 2008

fifth - 2008

debbien1 - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/07 with Robin

Hidden - Lead - Jun/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/07

tallan9 - Lead - May/07

gingerkate - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/07 with G

howlingbaboon - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/07 with Scott

Nick Taylor - Mar/07 with Scott Mackenzie

Hidden - Lead - Mar/07

flyin high - 2007 with Dave / Tim

Matt Bill Platypus - 2nd O/S - 09/Sep/06 with Alex

DavidR - 2nd O/S - 19/Jul/06 with Holly Adamthwaite & Steve Corcoran

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/06

markalmack - Lead - 2006

Mattyk - Lead rpt - 2006 with Jude

Occupied nest in the initial crack
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/05 with Carmen

deanj - 2005

Brown - Lead - 07/Nov/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/04

Hidden - Lead - 08/Jul/03

dougiestein - Lead - Jun/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/02

Climbster - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/99

In Wellies! A wet day but we also did several problems on Wall on mirrored Water.
Dave Musgrove - 18/Apr/92 with Rupert Wyard, Julian Cooper

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 28/Apr/90 with Jim Worthington

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 17/Apr/90

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
mike96, Adam_42, Ropeboy, Hidden, mattvitel, Hidden, steve02697, Davie Thomson

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S6 of 24
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Style of ascent

Soloed8 of 124 (6.5%)
Lead57 of 124 (46.0%)
Followed48 of 124 (38.7%)
Toproped1 of 124 (0.8%)
Alt Leads1 of 124 (0.8%)
Unknown9 of 124 (7.3%)

'Climbed'52 of 124 (41.9%)
clean O/S62 of 124 (50.0%)
clean β2 of 124 (1.6%)
clean rpt7 of 124 (5.6%)
dnf1 of 124 (0.8%)